Jeff Kelisky, Seedrs CEO
The crowdfunding platform has itself raised £6m from the crowd, adding to a £4m investment by Woodford Investment Management.
Seedrs, the UK’s most active investor in private companies, today closed a £6m crowdfunding round. This sum adds to £4m invested last month by Woodford Investment Management, taking the total amount raised to £10m. The fundraising round values Seedrs at £50m on a fully-diluted, post-money basis.
Over 2,000 existing shareholders and new customers, from 35 countries, invested over the course of the five-day campaign. The average individual investment was £3,200 and the largest individual investment was £800,000 with the highest number of investors coming from the UK, Germany, Portugal, France and Italy.
Jeff Kelisky, Seedrs CEO, said: “We are delighted to have received over £6m investment from over 2,000 of our customers and community. It was highly important to us that we could open up as much as possible for our existing investor base, and this sum, combined with Woodford’s investment of £4m earlier this month takes us to £10m.
“This round is yet more evidence of the market’s conviction that Seedrs is on the right path to delivering shareholder value by opening venture capital opportunities to retail investors for fast growth companies - and without Seedrs having pioneered regulated equity investment, these opportunities would have remained closed to them.”
Tennis star and Seedrs ambassador Andy Murray participated in the funding round. He said: “It is with great pride that I have made this investment into Seedrs latest funding round. As an active investor into early stage businesses through the Seedrs platform, it was important for me to take up my pre-emption rights.
"I have made a substantial follow on investment into this round to show my support for all that Seedrs has achieved since the last raise in 2015. The team has done some great work in supporting European startups and I’m looking forward to seeing how the business will continue to grow with this additional investment.”
Seedrs confirmed that capital raised in this fundraising round will be used launch new product capabilities that will materially increase liquidity and return potential for investors and businesses; build out increased sales and marketing efforts, launch a select set of strategic partnerships, and massively scale campaign execution through automation, machine learning and AI.